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Any review must begin with this simple caveat: servicing 5,479 passengers, is more akin to managing a small municipality or gated community than an actual vacation resort. A list of Gives and Takes 1. Pool(s) Layout: a Give. I have neighbors pools larger than the small splash baths scattered on (what is the primary day time convergence spot on any ship or resort) the pool deck. 2. Interior Cabins: a Take ? The ship's layout allows for more interior cabins with access to the sunny skies above. However, in that "zoning" or "land use planning decision", is that a take for a smaller minority of passengers, or the cruise line, which can attract and accommodate more souls in a "high density" environment. So, I would say it's a take for some passengers and for RC's bottom line, at the expense of the reconfigured pool deck which does not permit for larger grand size swimming pools for passengers to lounge around. 3. Cabins: a clear Take: Large. Spacious. Clean. Well thought out. No Gives here. 4. Food mostly a Give: RC culinary directors and head chefs are no local fry cooks. You have the likes of Gordon Ramsay leading this brigade of hunger assassins. However, when feeding 5000 ravenous ocean air and vitamin D stimulated tummies on suspended Jenny Craig Diets, culinary martial arts must yield to engineering science. To sum up: Not one steamy dish. Never. But plenty of flavourful fats to keep your entrees "moist", yet low sodium added (salt dries food out), and lots of heat lamp exposure. However, the Take: no digestive tract disturbances (even for a person with hypersensitive digestion). 5. Beach Excursions: A clear Give. RC deserves no merit for the natural beauty of the beaches where passengers are "scammed" up to and beyond 100 dollars per person for what amounts to literally a bus ride to a pre-selected destination, abandons you for 3 hours without the slightest accommodation from the blazing heat or pouring rain. I did spot a Porto Potty in St. Kitts which was available to guests to relieve themselves, but opted for deep breathing and concentration to control my bladder. Thank God I had no digestive tract worries that day (see #4 above). Shameful that RC and the other cruise conglomerates (all of whom were sectioned off along small sections of the same shorelines in St. Thomas, St. Christopher and every other "day at the beach" excursion, would not ridirect their budgets so proudly spent on their recreational R&D labs, watch their promotional videos if you think I'm making this up, to build little more than what you would find at your local municipal pool or recreation centre where passengers could access a few moments of shade, clean towels, and beach umbrellas and chairs. Let alone restrooms. Don't be fooled. The zip line adventures, rock climbing walls, cannons that shoot you out into the open waters were abandoned on port days because ultimately, their sideshows that lure people picking up the tab for these trips spring extra bucks for with the hope that their families will appreciate them more for doing so. Truth is, it's a marketing hook, and it works. But interest is quickly lost in these sideshows. Here's an idea: a first aid station. The parents of that poor helpless toddler that had sunscreen mixed with grains of sand smeared right in her precious eyes would have appreciated two hours earlier before a wonderful Norregian Dr. (on vacation with her family) tended to this child. Were it not for her acute hearing, there was no one from RC able to help this young family in distress. Recreational R&D my a**. Otherwise, I had a good time.

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Any review must begin with this simple caveat: servicing 5,479 passengers, is more akin to managing a small municipality or gated community than an actual vacation resort.

A list of Gives and Takes

1. Pool(s) Layout: a Give. I have neighbors pools larger than the small splash baths scattered on (what is the primary day time convergence spot on any ship or resort) the pool deck.

2. Interior Cabins: a Take ? The ship's layout allows for more interior cabins with access to the sunny skies above. However, in that "zoning" or "land use planning decision", is that a take for a smaller minority of passengers, or the cruise line, which can attract and accommodate more souls in a "high density" environment. So, I would say it's a take for some passengers and for RC's bottom line, at the expense of the reconfigured pool deck which does not permit for larger grand size swimming pools for passengers to lounge around.

3. Cabins: a clear Take: Large. Spacious. Clean. Well thought out. No Gives here.

4. Food mostly a Give: RC culinary directors and head chefs are no local fry cooks. You have the likes of Gordon Ramsay leading this brigade of hunger assassins. However, when feeding 5000 ravenous ocean air and vitamin D stimulated tummies on suspended Jenny Craig Diets, culinary martial arts must yield to engineering science. To sum up: Not one steamy dish. Never. But plenty of flavourful fats to keep your entrees "moist", yet low sodium added (salt dries food out), and lots of heat lamp exposure. However, the Take: no digestive tract disturbances (even for a person with hypersensitive digestion).

5. Beach Excursions: A clear Give. RC deserves no merit for the natural beauty of the beaches where passengers are "scammed" up to and beyond 100 dollars per person for what amounts to literally a bus ride to a pre-selected destination, abandons you for 3 hours without the slightest accommodation from the blazing heat or pouring rain. I did spot a Porto Potty in St. Kitts which was available to guests to relieve themselves, but opted for deep breathing and concentration to control my bladder. Thank God I had no digestive tract worries that day (see #4 above). Shameful that RC and the other cruise conglomerates (all of whom were sectioned off along small sections of the same shorelines in St. Thomas, St. Christopher and every other "day at the beach" excursion, would not ridirect their budgets so proudly spent on their recreational R&D labs, watch their promotional videos if you think I'm making this up, to build little more than what you would find at your local municipal pool or recreation centre where passengers could access a few moments of shade, clean towels, and beach umbrellas and chairs. Let alone restrooms. Don't be fooled. The zip line adventures, rock climbing walls, cannons that shoot you out into the open waters were abandoned on port days because ultimately, their sideshows that lure people picking up the tab for these trips spring extra bucks for with the hope that their families will appreciate them more for doing so. Truth is, it's a marketing hook, and it works. But interest is quickly lost in these sideshows. Here's an idea: a first aid station. The parents of that poor helpless toddler that had sunscreen mixed with grains of sand smeared right in her precious eyes would have appreciated two hours earlier before a wonderful Norregian Dr. (on vacation with her family) tended to this child. Were it not for her acute hearing, there was no one from RC able to help this young family in distress. Recreational R&D my a**. Otherwise, I had a good time.
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  • Beach
    Facilities available entirely inadequate. If you're going to sell an excursion, make sure your guests are looked after. Or just wash your hands of it. This way passengers will have no expectations. You leave a billion dollar ship, climb on an open bus. Hang on for dear life and are tossed off onto a public beach with a single Porto Potty as a guest amenity. Shame on you.
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    Very nice beach. Promoting it as one of the best beaches in the world is miseleading. But nice enough. RC did a very poor job arranging or failing to arrange accommodations for guests on this excursion. Would go even further. This was a RC sponsored trip which it profits from. Mode of transport was unsafe. Moreover, accommodations were wanting. A beach umbrella, towels and a chair consistent with the standards available at even a 3 star vacation resort should be made available to guests. I couldn't have purchased such amenities even though I was more than ready to pay extra for it at that point.
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